Sesquicentennial Highlights

Excerpts from the Plain Talk
& Dakota Republican

By Cleo Erickson
1937

LETTERS TO THE
EDITOR  
January 7, 1937
 In the issue of your paper of December 24 I read with interest about the cutting down of the old cottonwood tree at the Fred Burr home, near the University campus.  This account stated that the tree was "probably native grown."

 May I state the following facts?

 Aaron Carpenter was one of the first settlers in this section.  He homesteaded the land now known as Prentis Park.  Mr. Carpenter often told his family of "walking his claim," followed by the Indians watching that no stakes were set by white man until their rights to do so were established.

 Mr. Carpenter was a lover of trees.  Coming from Vermont he missed these and told of being able to see only the top of one in the far distance, northeast from his claim, while Spirit Mound could be seen in the northwest, this land was too far north to see the timber line of the Missouri river.

 If this cottonwood tree on the Burr land and joining the Carpenter claim had been a tree of any size, certainly he would have seen it and spoken of it.

 So often did Mr. Carpenter tell of the lack of trees and his early experiences that his son-in-law, Ed Cowles, had a picture painted from Mr. Carpenter's description of the land?  This was done by an artist, A Mrs. Cog, sister of Mrs. A. M. Cook, who lived near the Carpenter home.  This is a water color painting, a white-man followed by three Indians, no tree except the one in the far distance can be seen.  (This painting now hangs in the music room at the Austin Whittemore House).

 This painting was given to me when Mr. Carpenter's daughter, Mrs. Carry Cowles Tanner was here some years ago.  I cherish it not alone for beauty, but as a reminder of what Aaron Carpenter did to beautify the spot that was home to him and his family for many years.  Both he and his good wife passing to the Great Beyond from the beautiful spot where the lovely poem of Joyce Kilmer's, "Trees", could have been inspired.

 Perhaps someday the pioneer cabin erected by our "76 Club" may hold many mementos of earlier pioneer days—and this picture will tell to the passerby of how Prentis Park looked more than half century ago. By Thelda Taylor Ufford

 1937 was a cold winter.  Supt. of Schools H. W. Hartman has announced that three blasts of the siren at 8:00 AM will be the signal that no school will be held.

 You can telephone for less on Sunday.  Also every night from 7:00PM to 4:30AM.

 Approximately 90% of the Chevrolet workers were called back to work last week.  They were happy to return to their job at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in line with the company's program of giving part time employment to as many employees as possible in order to keep them off relief rolls.

 The "Old Gold Cigarette" car was badly wrecked on the streets here Saturday night.  By a lucky circumstance about the only place not smashed was right above the driver's seat.  The driver, the company representative was not hurt and said the car skidded, turned over, and struck a telephone pole.

Household Hints:

 Pie crusts will be flakier if a tablespoon of cornstarch is added to the flour for each pie.
 Tablecloths that are not longer in use make good cot covers, bedspreads, or curtains if they are dyed to match the color scheme of the room.
 
In 1912 the city authorities took up the matter of seeing that every house in Vermillion was properly numbered.  The city put on the numbers and charged the property owners 40 cents for the job.

 An old time dance will be held at the fairgrounds pavilion on July 4th.  Washburn's orchestra will furnish the music.  A prize will be given to the best waltzers.  All those who shake a mean foot are expected to be on hand to do their stuff.

 Louis H. Pierce, Vermillion's Fire Department chief has been reelected president of the State Firemen's Association.
 In 1887 the congregational Church in Meckling was finished.  It is quite an imposing structure and will be an ornament to the town.

 In 1887, E. L. Collar purchased the 320 acre farm from Henry Amundson, located north of the Vermillion River for $5,000.00.

 President and Mrs. I. D. Weeks are moving to the Inman House on East Main Street.  They have been living in the Richardson House on Yale Street.

 You can now buy canned spinach juice as a pre-breakfast drink.  We are beginning to wonder just how far this thing is going to go.

 The Clay County Fair will observe its 50th anniversary.  Due to the extreme drought this year there was talk of abandoning it.  However, when a vote was taken of the Fair Board members,  all voted to continue except one member.  A special observance will be held in honor of the 50th anniversary.

 Swisher's Quality Market wants you to try their homemade Irish stew that is prepared in their food department.  It is sold in paper containers and has plenty of meat, vegetables and lots of gravy.  Many people are finding that it makes a meal in itself.

 B. J. Skordal presented an application to install two gas pumps on the corner of Kidder and Market Street.  The City Council members voted for the installation to be granted upon proper installation of above was in accordance with the city ordinance.

 The new home of the Warrior gas station on West Main is one of the most attractive in the city.  Of Dutch Colonial style architecture with every modern convenience, including rest rooms, it provides better facilities for the operation of the business owner, Nels Brunick, and more complete service for his patrons.  Mr. Brunick started the business four years ago, with a brother as a partner the first year.

 Ground was broken Tuesday morning for the E. G. Endresen residence at the south end of Forest Avenue.

 The Treasury Department in Washington offers the following hints on "keeping" money.
• Don't hide bills in the furnace, stove or coal pile.
• If currency has been burned, don't send the ashes if they are merely gray dust.  Identification is impossible.
• Don't get excited over finding Civil War currency.  Much of it is counterfeit.
• Don't buy bills and let them rot.  It makes it harder to pick the fragments apart.

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